Post image for Erik Griswold’s Action Music 2 supported by APRA AMCOS Art Music Fund

Erik Griswold’s Action Music 2 supported by APRA AMCOS Art Music Fund

Ensemble Offspring is excited to be working again with Brisbane based composer Erik Griswold in 2018!

Erik was the recipient of an APRA AMCOS Art Music Fund grant to create Action Music 2.  Along with the Australian Premiere in Sydney as part of our annual Sizzle Petersham Bowlo show on April 28 2018, the new work will be premiered in numerous centres around the world including Hong Kong (Ensemble Offspring, February), Canada (Aventa Ensemble), USA (Naked Eye Ensemble), Ireland (Crash Ensemble) and France (Ensemble 0).

Erik shares some thoughts about the project

Action Music 2 is the sequel to my 2013 composition Action Music, created for Ensemble Offspring and Clocked Out, and premiered in the working factory of Urban Art Projects.  Action Music opened up new directions for me.  It was my first “open instrumentation” composition, the first to use extensive graphic notation, and the first to use a “non-specific pitch” notation.

In Action Music 2, I’ve explored other possible meanings of “action music,” such as connections with Jackson Pollock’s action painting, and notions of musical and political action, in particular considering influences from African-American music (Charlie Parker) and Fluxus (Dick Higgins, Alison Knowles).  I’m really grateful to the APRA AMCOS Art Music Fund for their support of the project, and of course to the musicians of Ensemble Offspring, whose skill, dedication and creativity is inspiring, to say the least. –Erik Griswold

About ERIK

Erik Griswold is a composer and pianist working in contemporary classical, improvised, and experimental forms.  Particular interests include prepared piano, percussion, environmental music, and music of Sichuan province. Originally from San Diego, and now residing in Brisbane, he composes for adventurous musicians, performs as a soloist and in Clocked Out, and collaborates with musicians, artists, dancers, and poets.